Its that time of year again. The big boats are getting their final polish and lick of paint. All the thousands of sets of rental scuba gear is being serviced and numbered. Yes the best islands in Thailand are about to open up for another season. On the 14th of October in under one months time the first boats will be departing for the Similan islands filled with eager divers wanting to be the first in the water for the start of the season on the 15th. The hotels and guest houses of Phuket Thailand are getting booked and the whole island is gearing up for another great season.
The similans are always a massive draw as they offer some of the best diving in the world and its with easy reach of all the great resorts on Phuket. There are many other things to do in phuket but for the the island of Phuket and the many Phuket dive shops the opening of the similan islands liveaboard season marks the start of the “high season” .
This is not the case for most of Thailand Phuket itself still has to wait a few weeks till mid November for the whole island to start to get the high season vibe. But for all scuba diving phuket its a great feeling to be the first person to see the manta ray or whale shark in the similan islands which is why that first trip is alway one of great expectation.
The scuba diving Thailand has to offer is great no matter where you go compared to what most people have in their own countries but as what has been mentioned before the best islands in Thailand are the Similan islands and the Surin islands. This being the case makes them something special. The warm clear blue water, the empty white sandy beaches, the banana trees lining the shore, blue sky overhead and the flat glass like sea that enables you to see the bottom some thirty meters below. if you are lucky you will get a dolphin escort as you are cruising out to the first dive site. if this happens then for sure you are in for a great few days scuba diving phuket and the Similan islands.
Most similan liveaboard trips will spend a day or two in similan islands themselves before heading north to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the Surin islands and then the highlight for most is the day spent diving Richelieu Rock. This was also listed in Jaques Cousteau’s top ten of all time great dives and if anyone should know where to dive then he should know. When the trip reaches Koh Bon then you can expect to see a manta Ray or Whale shark at every location. This is where they love to be. Ok there are never promises but these great fish are seen in all locations from Koh Bon north very often indeed.
This amazing location for scuba diving in phuket is open from Mid October until mid May each year when it closes for another six months. Being the great location it is then those who want the best and want to experience similan island diving need to think fast as the trips can get full very quickly. many people booking for the following year as they depart this year. Then times like Christmas and New year are being booked from 6 months in advance with the last spaces for this peak time going in September or early October. The one thing that can be sure is that once you have been on one of the many Thailand liveaboards to the similans then you will find it very hard to find somewhere better. this will be the bench mark for all other trips. Nothing else will quite hit the spot. this is the trip of a lifetime.